Sunday, January 31, 2010

{ Hoop Up Stitch & Send Swap } Amy's Stitchery and A Little Crochet

I was able to finish another fellow Hoop Up swapper's stitchery last weekend and get it off in the mail to her at the beginning of last week.

Amy's project wasn't as simple as it appeared. I knew that there were several flickr groups with pools full of vintage "Sew on Wednesday" patterns, but after taking a look I knew I had a problem. I found a hundred or so possible choices and deciding which one to use was hard for me. Let's just say I now have a library on my computer full of vintage hand towel embroidery patterns because every single one I came across was awesome!

After several days of going back and forth with a few final choices, I narrowed it down to this pattern:

This is Amy's finished stitchery and she let me know today that it arrived safely to its new home. Enjoy Amy! I can't wait to see what you make with all the stitcheries you receive.

I was also able to start crossing things off my "2010 To Do List" in the down time I had while waiting for other Hoop Up member's fabrics to arrive. I've always wanted to learn how to crochet those neat dish cloths and wash cloths that I see on flickr and etsy all the time. Jennie of Sunflower Quilts has recently been posting squares she's been making on her blog and I got inspired!

I watched a few YouTube videos to learn the basics and went out and bought several colors of 100% cotton yarn and got busy. Here's what I came up with:

I think I'll write Jennie and ask her if she has any tips for me. I need to figure out how to clean up all the threads from when I changed colors between the rows. I am hooked on this new hobby for sure. I can't believe how relaxing it is!

I received Jill's (aka SpinsterSister) fabric in the mail for the Hoop Up swap on Friday. Her theme is dark nursery rhymes and fairy tales. Think Tim Burton! Stay tuned...

Quilt and Stitch on everyone!


  1. Did you ever say if your wife quilts or not? Can't remember but I would guess you would be a fun companion. Not unless she does the same things and you get into her stuff!! Or she gets into yours!!

  2. Hey! I plan to learn to crochet this year, too! You are probably going to be hard to keep up with! Thanks for the link to Sunflower Quilts! I love those squares she made!


  3. I always pull the ends over the work and crochet over them as I make the next row. It cleans them up as I go and weaves them in at the same time. I'll post some pics on my blog later this evening to show what I mean!

    Thanks for the link to my blog, and I'm very happy that I was able to inspire you to try something new!
    ~ Jennie

  4. I love the the vintage embroidery. Looks like your doing a fine job with your crocheting. I just started to knit and am enjoying that too.

  5. wow ... look at you go! quilting, embroidery ... and now crochet?? the funny thing is, i was totally struck by jennie's squares, too. i'm not about to take on that new hobby (yet), but i might see if jennie's interested in a swap!

    hope you had a nice weekend.

  6. i learned to crochet when waiting for Avery to be born. love it. It is so relaxing and Jennie's tip for the left over bits is spot on. Have fun.

  7. I, too, agree with Jennie on how to clean up the yarn ends. It's much faster and simpler to do it that way instead of, at the end of the garment, going thru with a yarn needle and weaving it into the rows. Another thing to keep in mind when you are crocheting, when changing colors, the last stitch before you change. Before you pull thru the final loop on your hook in the old color, use the next color to do so. It will keep the lines sharp on the ends and will create a more finished up look. As my screen name says, I am a crochet junkie and would be here for any pointers that you need. I have been doing it for 20 years now!


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